Margaret Harding has just achieved her 100 volunteer milestone. Here she tells us about her enjoyment of cheering the Maesteg parkrunners from her favourite place on the course.
I first heard about parkrun through my daughter Emma, she had been attending parkrun where she lives in Hampshire and would head to Gnoll or Porthcawl events whenever she was visiting me here in Maesteg, South Wales.
I have volunteered at lots of events within my local community and beyond in the past. I enjoy meeting new people, age is no barrier and volunteering makes me feel good. When it was announced that a parkrun was going to launch in Maesteg and they were looking for volunteers, I put my name forward and went to a few of the start-up meetings and test events.
Maesteg parkrun started in July 2017 and I was one of the inaugural volunteers. It was lovely getting to know the core team and other volunteers.
I think parkrun is wonderful for peoples’ health and well-being and I enjoy being a part of our local event, getting out and about on a Saturday morning and meeting people. It is particularly special when we are celebrating someone’s parkrun milestone.
I’ve tried the different volunteering roles, but it is encouraging the parkrunners when I’m marshalling at ‘Maggie’s Spot,’ the turnaround point on the course, that I enjoy the most. It is also close to the coffee van!
I have also volunteered at Eastbourne and Fareham events when visiting that way. It was good to see the different parkruns, the ways they differ and meet new people. Maesteg is a fairly small parkrun so it was quite something to see events with hundreds of people taking part!
I have just completed 100 volunteering roles and am very proud of my milestone T-shirt.
I hope to carry on being a part of Maesteg parkrun for as long as I can.
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